WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring. Seth says it is heating up. There is an electricity in the ring and a buzz in the back. He says Elias took him to his limit and he loved every second of it. He is still standing and he is still the Intercontinental Champion. Seth says he is a fighting champion and he suggests that we have an Open Challenge. There is no better place than here and no better time than right now. Seth wants to know who has the guts to come out and face him. Dolph Ziggler comes out and then he is joined by Drew McIntyre. Dolph goes into the ring so he will be the opponent for Seth tonight.
Seth Rollins versus Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Ziggler with a kick and he goes for the Zig Zag but Seth holds the ropes. Rollins goes for Black Out but Ziggler moves. Dolph goes to the floor and we go to commercial. We are back and Rollins goes for a springboard move but Ziggler drop kicks Rollins to the floor. Ziggler punches Rollins on the floor. They return to the ring and Rollins with punches but Ziggler with a kick to the knee. Ziggler gets a near fall. Ziggler with a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler with a chin lock and the arm in a hammer lock using the leg. Ziggler sends Rollins to the mat. Ziggler chokes Rollins in the ropes. Rollins with punches and Ziggler with a hard Irish whip for a near fall.
Ziggler with a reverse chin lock and body scissors. Rollins with a suplex attempt but Ziggler lands on his feet. Rollins catches Ziggler and catapults him into the ring post. Both men are down. Rollins gets to his feet first and he chops Ziggler. We are back and Ziggler with a splash but Rollins blocks the neck breaker and gets a near fall with a back slide. Ziggler with a sunset flip to counter the buckle bomb and he gets a near fall. Rollins with a V Trigger for a near fall. We see footage from the break when Rolins and Ziggler both went over the top rope to the floor on a suplex attempt.Rollins looks at McIntyre and then he sets for thrust kick and then he hits it but misses Black Out. Ziggler with a kick to the knee and a Fameasser for a near fall. Ziggler gets to his feet first and he sets for the super kick. Rollins with a super kick and a second one for a near fall. Rollins goes up top and goes for the frog splash but Ziggler moves out of the way and Rollins hits the mat. Ziggler goes up top and Rollins crotches Ziggler. Rollins with a head butt and he sets for the superplex but Ziggler blocks it. Ziggler punches Rollins to the mat and Rollins goes up top and Ziggler stops him again with a head butt. Ziggler with a cross body but Rollins rolls through and hits a buckle bomb.
Rollins with a thrust kick and he hits McIntyre. Ziggler with a rollup for a near fall. Rollins with a rollup for a near fall and then Ziggler rolls through for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (new Champion)
After the match: McIntyre attacks Rollins and punches him. They hit the ZIg Zag and Claymore combination.
Backstage: Renee Young is with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. Dolph says Monday Night Rollins is cancelled. There is no reboot coming. This is their show now. Drew says they told everybody. This is just the beginning. This is the first of many titles to come. Unlike former champions, this will not allow them to get soft. Dolph says you hear people with their catchphrases. There is a difference between them and everybody else. When they say something they do it.
Battle Royal for Tag Team Championship Match: The Ascension, Breezango, B-Team, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler, Heath Slater & Rhyno, The Revival, Titus Worldwide
Drew and Dolph waited outside on the apron while everyone else battled in the ring. Ziggler was first eliminated. A pissed off Drew laid out everyone he could while Ziggler returned with a superkick on Tyler Bleeze. They laid out the competitors and left. When they returned from commercial, everyone was eliminated one by one. It came down to the B Team and Rhyno and Slater. Rhyno ended up outside on the apron. Slater picked up Dallas to slam him over the top, but while turning, knocked Rhyno off.
Winners: The B Team!
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Backstage: Kurt Angle is trying to get cell reception and Chad Gable stops by. Chad says he was looking for Kurt in his office. Kurt says he likes it in the hallway because it is quiet. Kurt says that he would have loved to have replaced Jinder with Chad last week, but management had other plans.
Chad says when he gets that opportunity . . . Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler show up and Dolph tells Kurt he loves what he has done with the place. Drew reminds Kurt that they beat Finn Balor and Braun Strowman and they would love to do it again, but that decision is above Kurt’s pay grade. Chad says that Drew and Dolph seem special. Drew says they are. Dolph says that he doesn’t just sit around for a hand out. Chad says he isn’t waiting, why not do it now. Kurt says that it will be settled in the ring tonight.
Chad Gable versus Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre)
The match is joined in progress and Gable with a waist lock into a wrist lock. Gable with an arm drag and waist lock. Gable with a drop toe hold into a front face lock. Ziggler tries to escape but Gable holds on. ZIggler gets to the ropes and Gable breaks. Ziggler goes for the leg but Gable gets a near fall. Gable with a waist lock but Ziggler with an elbow and drop kick for a near fall.
Ziggler runs his boot laces across the face and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler with a chin lock. Gable punches Ziggler and takes Ziggler down and gets a near fall with a rollup. Gable with a jackknife cover for a near fall. Ziggler with a kick to the knee. Ziggler with a waist lock and Gable lands on his feet. Ziggler blocks a German suplex attempt and hits a neck breaker.Ziggler runs into an elbow and Gable with a thrust kick. Gable with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler is sent into the turnbuckles and Gable with a German suplex for a near fall. Gable grabs the leg and the referee tells Gable to release the hold. Ziggler with a head butt and super kick for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Backstage: We get comments from Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. Drew says the locker room has gone soft. They have a banquet full of pigs stuffing their faces at the trough. Ziggler talks about the choreographed entrances. Drew says that the hunger is gone in their eyes and they are here to remind them of that. Drew says that they are here to flip the table over.
Finn Balor and Braun Strowman versus Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre
Strowman and Drew stare at each other as the bell rings and Drew smiles at Braun. Balor and Ziggler start things off. They lock up and Balor with a waist lock. Ziggler with a standing switch and Ziggler with a punch. Ziggler punches Balor. Ziggler with a sunset flip and Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick. Drew tags in and so does Braun. Drew tags Ziggler back in before making contact with Braun. Strowman slams Balor onto Ziggler. Strowman and Balor do the Braun pose but that allows Ziggler to recover and hit a jawbreaker. Balor with a drop kick and Drew trips Balor when he sets for a plancha. Drew tags in and he kicks Balor. Drew with a chop and punch to Balor. Drew stomps on Finn’s hand and then he chops Balor in the corner. Dolph tags in and he kicks Balor. Balor with a forearm but Ziggler keeps Balor from making the tag and hits a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler with a sleeper and body scissors. Ziggler keeps Balor from making the tag and Drew tags in.
Drew sends Balor into the corner and Balor fights out of the corner but he cannot make the tag when Drew catches him and connects with a knee and forearm. Drew with a chop. Drew misses a charge into the corner when Balor moves and Strowman tags in. Ziggler tags in and he connects with shoulder tackles on Dolph. Strowman with a forearm across the chest. Ziggler moves and Strowman hits the ring post with his shoulder. Balor tags in and he gives Ziggler a double leg take down and double stomp. Balor with a chop and he floats over. Ziggler with an elbow and Balor with an enzuigiri and an elevated elbow drop for a near fall.
Ziggler with a rollup and Balor with Slingblade. Balor with a running drop kick and then he goes up top but Drew grabs the leg and Balor goes to the apron. Strowman with a running shoulder tackle to Drew on the floor and Drew knocks over the Greatest Royal Rumble trophy. Ziggler pulls Balor off the turnbuckles and gets the three count.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre